Friday, December 19, 2014

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NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt's daily look Inside City Hall.

NY1 ItCH: A Debate on the Bucket List

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They may not hold the drama of an ice bucket challenge or provide the riveting excitement of pre-season football, but NY1 is committed to reminding you that it's election season – so we're bringing you debates all week long.

That's right – if you're a registered Democrat, you have a primary on your hands, courtesy of someone named Zephyr Rain Teachout, the happy warrior who's taking on Andrew Cuomo in the race for governor. And depending on where you live, you may have some other primaries to sort out. (You're on your own in those district leader races. Sorry, people.) With two debates already under our cable tv belt, we're pushing the envelope by cramming four more of them on our schedule for "Inside City Hall" this week – starting with one for a Brooklyn Assembly seat which has been held by the retiring Joan Millman since 1997.

The rest of the week is committed to State Senate races -- where one of the incumbent candidates (John Sampson) is under indictment and another is holding onto power as the head of the Independent Democratic Conference by his fingertips (I'm talking about you, Jeff Klein.) We also have a race in Queens that's pitting two energizer bunnies against each other. (John Liu and Tony Avella.)

While all of the legislative candidates we've invited to debate have been more than willing to appear on the program, that's not been the case so far with Cuomo, who we're hoping will debate Teachout next week. Let's hope he follows the leads of the other candidates this week and comes to our studios. After all, if it's good enough for a State Assembly candidate, it might make sense for someone who wants to be governor to debate his opponent. And I promise that it will be more fun than an ice bucket challenge.

Bob Hardt

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